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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Desktop Customization - Rainmeter

So in this post, we look at a handy tool called Rainmeter.

 First, check out some random guy’s desktop…

        Nice, right? Now you want one too? This desktop was created using a desktop customization software called Rainmeter. Simply put, Rainmeter creates a transparent layer (called an overlay) over your desktop, on which you can put all sorts of widgets, like clocks, disk usage statistics, weather, etc.      

Friday, March 16, 2012

Productivity Technique 1 - 3,2,1.. Pomodoro!

   Before you think I've lost my marbles, hear me out. This post is about a useful productivity technique called "Pomodoro". Believe me follow it and you'll find yourself getting more things done.I use another technique for completing things in the long term but they do work together well. Pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato, thus the tomato is the logo.

What you need:
1. A kitchen timer (shaped like a tomato maybe?), or a software timer is also fine.
2. A pad or paper

Start your task after setting the timer to 25 minutes. Stop when the timer goes of. You my friend have just completed one pomodoro. Take a 3-4 minute rest. Then restart your activity with total concentration. After 4 pomodoros treat yourself to a break of 15-20 minutes. That's it. The technique was created by Francesco Cirillo and is very popular among software developers. Probably because programming requires so much concentration and this technique encourages concentration while avoiding a burnout.

Next time you've got something to complete just give it a try, essay writing, studying, programming, anything!!

Stay tuned for more posts!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

No More Ads with this little software...I'm serious

   So this little bit of software is super useful. It's called Adblock Plus. It literally blocks all ads on a webpage. If there is some ad that isn't blocked then just right-click the little disturbance, select "Block Image.." and follow the steps until the disturbance has been vanquished (sounds like directions to an extermination product). But I guess thats what it is. It exterminates all your ads. Did I mention it does it to popups too?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Make your eyes like your screen better..

         Ever notice how at night when you use your computer your face has a blue glow? That is because our monitors are designed for use in the day, so the light coming from them is supposed to be like the sun. But it can't be good for your eyes to look at the sun at say, 9 PM or 2 AM. I know a lot of people use the computer after dark so this is a very useful application.
  Its called F.lux. You can get it here. It is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Iphone, and Ipad.

"So what exactly does F.lux do to save my eyes from a lot of strain?" you may ask.

    It changes the warmth of the colors on the screen to suit the time of day.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Pandora outside the US, and how to use it properly!

     Let me start today by telling you exactly what Pandora is. Pandora is an Internet radio service. What you do to start is type in a song you like. Then Pandora will start with that song and automatically play songs relevant and similar to the song. I think that's great. You don't need to search for songs you like and purchase them either. With your Pandora account you can save your stations. For each song or I guess it becomes a "type of song" you want just create a station. That's it. The Pandora "now playing" page displays a horde of information. Along with the artist, song name, album art, etc it also shows you the lyrics, a bit about the artist/band, and similar artists.

    There are some disadvantages to Pandora.Since it is a radio station you are at the mercy of what Pandora want you to listen to. However, it does a superb job of selecting relevant tracks.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

How to hide your desktop icons so you can actually see your gorgeous wallpaper

     So another problem for Windows users is the accumulation of desktop icons. You have a great wallpaper but you can't even see it behind all those icons. Yet you don't want to delete the icons, what do you do?


With Fences in view

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Oogling at your friend's Mac? Now there's a solution for U..

    Have you spent all day wistfully dreaming of an Apple iMac. Well Bits of Tech Bytes is now here to help all Windows users make their desktops as productive, beautiful, and as downright gorgeous as possible.

          Well here we are showing you this very handy tool that brings to your desktop a dock that look very much like the one found on Mac's.

Hey readers!!

     Welcome to Bits of Tech Bytes!!!
I'm Suhith the starter of the blog dedicated to helping you with your tech life with tips and tricks, here and there along with the occasional review and much more!! I know all of you will enjoy this blog and it will only get better.
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